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Boehner appeals DOMA cases to U.S. Supreme Court

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Friday, June 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) attorneys on Friday formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an appeals court decision determining the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, according to a Democratic aide.

Drew Hammill, spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), told the Washington Blade on Friday afternoon Republicans had notified Democratic leadership that House counsel filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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The court ruling that was appealed was the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the cases of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, which was filed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Department of Health & Human Services.

On May 31, the appellate court issued a decision that DOMA was unconstitutional as a result of both cases.

In February 2011, the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend DOMA in court. After the decision, Boehner convened the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which voted 3-2 on a party-line basis to take up defense of DOMA in the administration’s stead.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has filed legal briefs in favor of lawsuits against DOMA and sent to make the case against the law in oral arguments Stuart Delery, who’s gay and the Justice Department’s acting assistant attorney general for the civil division.

Six federal courts have found that DOMA is unconstitutional as a result of cases filed by LGBT advocates. The ruling against DOMA in the First Circuit was the highest court to date to weigh in against the anti-gay law.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. of course, just like a republican to spend i mean waste taxpayer money

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:37pm
  2. Congratualations Mr. Speaker in adding your name to the littany of historical social policy dinosaurs.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:40pm
  3. I think we need to have a case against Boehner and the rest of the republican and make the money come out of the republican’s pockets who sit in the house. It should not be the tax payers!

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:42pm
  4. this ass has nothing more important on his agenda? why has he not been charged with a hate crime yet? john boehner: a total waste of a human life.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:43pm
  5. GREEAATT!!! He gets his ass handed to him on healthcare, so now he’s gonna double down on the backs of homos. Thanks for being such a douche dribble, John Boy!

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:48pm
  6. OMG, como chinga este buey! Can’t he just pull that republican stick out his butt and get over it!

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:48pm
  7. Let it go to the supreme court….unless he has a reason, outside of religious believes, why we can’t get married, he will fail at that, just like he failed on the healthcare act!!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:03pm
  8. OMG seriously Mr. speaker? You have nothing else better to do with your time then continue to support discrimination all in the name of Christ? This is why I will never vote for you or anyone in your ridiculous party!

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:11pm
  9. I remember an America where everyone felt welcome, no matter what color their skin was, what education level they had, nor how much money or who they preferred to be married to. Look where we are now.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:19pm
  10. its on

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:20pm
  11. Single motherfucker he is such a pain in the ass.. he has his gay side so repressed that he wants to hate every gay in this planet, because he hates himself

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:23pm
  12. Keep whipping that dead horse John.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 4:58pm
  13. now this is wasting tax payer money to work against citizens

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:27pm
  14. thisCREEP cares not about people EQUALITY JOHN MEANS EVERYONE!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:27pm
  15. What a dumbass. These guys are running this country into the ground with the party of NO

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:38pm
  16. Creep! Reminds me why I’m not a Christian….America’s Taliban.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 6:05pm
  17. This is great! By bringing this to the Supreme Court he is hurrying along the process that will bring equality to the entire nation, because he will loose of course.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 6:31pm
  18. i have a feeling a lot of repubs will start trying to push through and “accomplish things” since they floundered on Obamacare.

    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 6:40pm
  19. Just another dipstick.

    Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 6:28am